Pattern Sizing:4-16--I made the 14 and morphed to a 16 below the waist.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes it did!
Were the instructions easy to follow? Very easy once I figured out the shoulder/neck and the front neckline pleat. It took a few minutes to get my brain wrapped around what I needed to do but it all worked out OK.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the look of the surplice. The front ruching does a nice job of hiding extra tummy fluff.
Fabric Used: "PR Confetti Knit" which is a really nice cotton lycra (I think but the receipt says it is a RPL) that 5-6 of us bought last fall during the PR 10 year event. (Note: I never got the hang of burn testing beyond almost setting the house on fire) It came from The Common Thread in Austin which is a great indie fabric store that's worth a visit if you are in the area.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:I made a 2 inch FBA. I also set the sleeves in flat. I made my usual 14 but the shoulders really seem to hang off Drooping Shoulders Do I need to go down to a 12 or do a narrow shoulder alteration? Otherwise it fits well.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I can see making this again with the ruched short sleeves for summer. This is the second top I've made from this pattern and they look very different. The next version I plan to make is the boat neckline and 3/4 sleeves. I put a dart in the Version 1 but I want to see if I can get away with a FBA and no dart for Version 3.
Conclusion: GREAT pattern with lots of options. I can see it becoming a TNT. I saw the exact same top in Dillards today complete with the neckline pleat so it is a current look. Vince Camuto